Tired of mass produced wall-art? Bollywood posters are the new way to decorate your home environment!

Over the years I have collected a large amount of Hindi film posters which are, unfortunately, stored away in containers, rarely to be enjoyed…until now! A few years ago I decided to spruce up my apartment  and so I dug out a few of the 20 x 30 sized posters (the easiest size to find frames for), hung ’em up,  and here you can see the result.

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No matter your room’s color scheme or style, you can find Bollywood posters to match. For my living room I chose three unrelated, but marvelous, posters to sit above my sofa.

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As you can see, I am particularly attracted to film posters from the 1950s/60s. From left to right they are: Basant Pictures’ mythological Chandrasena (1959), Filmistan’s romantic thriller Nagin (1954), and Fine Art Pictures’ 1966 fantasy Jadoo.

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On this wall are some fun lobby cards from one of my favorite films, Wadia Brothers’  Zimbo Comes to Town (1960), which of course co-stars this blog’s namesake, Pedro The Ape Bomb.

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Both lobby cards have a nice art deco and mid century modern look to them, which I really like.

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The cards also feature nice shots of the cast: Azad, Chitra, Shammi Aunty, Bhagwan, and of course, Pedro The Ape Bomb.

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Moving into the dining room I have a gorgeous poster from the 1954 swashbuckler Saltanat which stars Manhar Desai and Shyama.

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Here is a closer look.

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In the hallway you’ll find my holy grail of Bollywood posters, director Akkoo’s Gorilla (1953). 

The very first pieces of Bollywood memorabilia I ever bought were lobby cards from Gorilla, and the film has fascinated me ever since. Last year, two different posters from the film showed up on Ebay and I grabbed ’em both! This is the 20 x 30 poster. The other poster I have is a 30 x 40, and it has completely different, yet just as awesome, graphics.

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Checking out my office area (which is actually just a corner in my bedroom)

Of course, this spot does not normally looks this neat…I had to tidy up before taking this snap, and as you can see I actually just pushed the debris over to the side.

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It is no coincidence that a majority of the posters displayed, as well as about half of what makes up my collection, are from the films of Homi Wadia. I love Wadia Brothers/Basant films, and their posters were always great. Here are some fine examples: Zimbo Comes to Town (1960) starring Azad and Chitra (and Pedro the Ape Bomb), Zimbo Finds a Son (1966) starring Azad, Tabassum, and Master Sachin (and Pedro the Ape Bomb)….

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….and Atom Bomb (1947) starring John Cawas and Sona Chatterjee.

Now to the other side of my office, which doubles as a bedroom.

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The poster on the right is from Basant Pictures’ 1949 mythological Veer Ghatotkachh.  It is one of my favorite posters.

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The graphics on mythological posters of the 50s and 60s are always so nice. I might one day swap out all of the film posters in my apartment and replace them with ones from mythologicals.

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On the corner wall is my “Bollywood Beefcake” display featuring a lobby card from Dara Singh: Iron Man (1964),  an 11 x 18 poster from Zimbo (1958), and a calendar page featuring Sunil Shetty (from back when he still had chest hair).

So there you have it, a completely Bollywood-ized apartment! You can often find Bollywood posters inexpensively on Ebay, so give it a try. New ones or old ones, they make fine decor for any home!